Recently Donald Trump sat for an interview with reporters from the New York Times. The entire interview is well worth reading, for those who are not yet familiar with Trump’s foreign policy positions. It’s recommended that you read the transcript rather than the interpretation of “journalists”.
What’s especially notable is Trump’s insistence upon putting THIS COUNTRY first. It’s about time that we had a candidate for the presidency who loves his country above all others and wants what’s best for the United States before considering what’s good for other nations.
Here’s an excerpt from what Donald Trump said during the long interview: [emphasis added]
I’m “America First.” We have been disrespected, mocked, and ripped off for many many years by people that were smarter, shrewder, tougher. We were the big bully, but we were not smartly led. And we were the big bully who was — the big stupid bully and we were systematically ripped off by everybody.
From China to Japan to South Korea to the Middle East, many states in the Middle East, for instance, protecting Saudi Arabia and not being properly reimbursed for every penny that we spend, when they’re sitting with trillions of dollars, I mean they were making a billion dollars a day before the oil went down, now they’re still making a fortune, you know, their oil is very high and very easy to get it, very inexpensive, but they’re still making a lot of money, but they were making a billion dollars a day and we were paying leases for bases?
We’re paying leases, we’re paying rent? O.K.? To have bases over there? The whole thing is preposterous.
So we had, so America first, yes, we will not be ripped off anymore. We’re going to be friendly with everybody, but we’re not going to be taken advantage of by anybody. We won’t be isolationists — I don’t want to go there because I don’t believe in that. I think we’ll be very worldview, but we’re not going to be ripped off anymore by all of these countries.
I mean think of it.We have $21 trillion, essentially, very shortly, we’ll be up to $21 trillion in debt. O.K.? A lot of that is just all of these horrible, horrible decisions. You know, I’ll give you another one, I talked about NATO and we fund disproportionately, the United Nations, we get nothing out of the United Nations other than good real estate prices. We get nothing out of the United Nations.
They don’t respect us, they don’t do what we want, and yet we fund them disproportionately again. Why are we always the ones that funds everybody disproportionately, you know? So everything is like that. There’s nothing that’s not like that.
That philosophy alone should win the presidency for Donald Trump. We the People of the United States are sick and tired of being “ripped off” and played for suckers by the global elites and the so-called “poor” nations of the world.
If we must be the world’s policemen, then the world should pay us for the protection they receive.
TAX THEM, Mr. Trump. Or let them pay for their own protection and watch their infrastructure crumble (like ours) and watch their social programs go belly up (like ours).